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Cigna joins Every Save Counts program

Health services company sponsors Hockey Fights Cancer initiative @NHL

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. - Global health service company Cigna (NYSE:CI) today announced it has signed on as the Official Health Insurance Provider of the National Hockey League® (NHL®) in the U.S. and will be the Presenting Sponsor of the NHL's Every Save Counts™ campaign. The campaign is part of the NHL's annual, year-round Hockey Fights Cancer™ effort to raise money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. 

As part of the Every Save Counts™ program, Cigna will donate $1 to Hockey Fights Cancer™ for every save made during an NHL game throughout the 2016-17 NHL season, including the 2017 Stanley Cup® Playoffs, and in addition, for every online donation of $25 or more to Hockey Fights CancerTM, Cigna will match, dollar for dollar, for a total donation of up to $100,000. All such donations will be received by the National Hockey League Foundation in respect of the Hockey Fights Cancer™ initiative.

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Cancer survivor finds a friend in Ducks Ryan Kesler

Cindi Opdyke's story inspires Anaheim forward, who invites her to a game @NHL

Ducks Weekly - Cindi Opdyke

Ducks fan and cancer fighter Cindi Opdyke's surprise

Dedicated Ducks fan and cancer fighter Cindi Opdyke gets a special surprise while being interviewed for a feature on Ducks Weekly

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Cindi Opdyke has been loyal to the Anaheim Ducks ever since she became a fan of the team in 2008. Ryan Kesler recently returned the favor.

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Vladimir Tarasenko wins Blues trip for young fan

Arianna Dougan, 11-year-old battling cancer, gets special birthday gift @NHL

Blues present young fan with gift

FLA@STL: Blues celebrate 11-year-old fan's birthday

Mike Yeo and Vladimir Tarasenko give Arianna Dougan, an 11-year-old Blues fan battling cancer, her own jersey as a birthday present

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Arianna Dougan found out for her 11th birthday just what a friend she's got in Vladimir Tarasenko.

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Dave Strader says return will be 'cathartic'

Stars announcer to call game Saturday for first time since cancer diagnosis

by Sean Shapiro / Correspondent

Dave Strader didn't know if he'd return to the broadcast booth this season.

The Dallas Stars play-by-play announcer has cholangiocarcinoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer that attacks the bile duct. He has not called any games this season, watching them from his home in Glens Falls, New York, meaning that for the first time since 1979-80 he hasn't been a fixture on television or radio airwaves.

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Cancer Survivor Meets Preds, Stars Captains

Preds and Stars Fan Briar Mays Meets Two of Her Favorite Players with Dreams and Wishes of Tennessee

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Briar Mays couldn't find the remote control to change the channel.

A 16-year-old high school cheerleader in 2014, Mays returned home from a basketball game and did what most teenagers would do - attempt to search the endless selection on the other side of the television screen for something to help her unwind. Little did she know…

"I had put my TV on and it was on a sports channel and there was a hockey game; I'd never watched a hockey game before and I couldn't find the remote, so I was like, 'well, I'll just watch this,'" Mays laughed. "I thought it was really cool, and I watched the next game and the next game and just fell in love with the sport."

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NHL Insider

Brain cancer patient, 11, 'lucky charm' for Penguins

Danjela Belo of Colorado attends game, cheers Pittsburgh on to victory

by Daniel O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

The first time Danjela Belo saw her Pittsburgh Penguins in person was in Denver on Thursday. Naturally they won, 4-1 against the Colorado Avalanche. She's their good-luck charm, whether they know it or not.

Danjela, an 11-year-old brain cancer patient, has a history with the Penguins, and not just because she was in the hospital recovering from surgery when Pittsburgh advanced to the Stanley Cup Final last season.

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First NHL game rejuvenates retired police officer

Lightning helped boost Terri Coriaty Naumann during her cancer battle

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / Staff Writer

Before the Tampa Bay Lightning left on their current six-game road trip, they gained a new fan.

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Hockey Fights Cancer

Red Wings make fan's wish come true

Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit host teen who has leukemia at Centennial Classic

by Dan Rosen @DRosenNHL / Senior Writer

TORONTO -- Jager Perreault, an 18-year-old Detroit Red Wings fan, stood in the media workroom inside Exhibition Stadium with his mother and father late Friday morning, unaware of what was about to happen.

"I have no idea," Perreault said. "I like it. It keeps you interested and excited."

Perreault, from Mattawa, Ontario, was diagnosed with leukemia on Sept. 10, 2015. He is here for the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic between the Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports, NHL.TV) because Make-A-Wish Canada teamed with the NHL and the Red Wings to fulfill Perreault's wish of attending the game and meeting Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg.

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Bolts spread holiday cheer to families for good cause

As part of an annual tradition, Lightning players team up to make Holiday wishes come true for families from the Children's Cancer Center

by Jeff Odom /

Though the Lightning may not have won on the ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday at AMALIE Arena, they certainly did off of it on Sunday afternoon.

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Lightning players shave heads for cancer research

As part of Cut for a Cure, Brian Boyle, Victor Hedman and more participate in fundraiser @NHL

The Tampa Bay Lightning just got more aerodynamic, and it was all for a good cause.

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